Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony

by PERSONAL PONIES LTD
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Provide Care for a Differently Able Child's Pony
Mickey and Steven
Mickey and Steven

Thank you for your dream that made my son's dream a reality!

Steven and MIKEY MAN Where to begin?

A little about Steven: He was born with a rare liver disease and underwent a transplant when he was only three months old.

He was three years old when he received his "Personal Pony," the first child in his community to benefit from the program.

Everywhere we go Steven says, "Ya know what? I got a pony. Yep, his name is MIKEY an' he's my best friend. We hunt for frogs all the time. I brush him and get all the germs off of him."

It is so cute how the two of them have bonded! We really think that MIKEY knew all along that he had a special job to do once he got here. He has taken such an interest in Steven. He ignores everyone else, but Steven has his undivided attention always!

He is a smart little pony and he likes to give nuzzly kisses. We enjoy brushing him and talking to him too. I even caught my burly husband giving him a kiss and talking "baby talk" to him in the barn! So funny...

MIKEY's goat friend GIZMO is doing well also. And Steven loves him oh so much too. We are in the heart of summer here in northeastern Pennsylvania and MIKEY's coat has shed its winter hair. He is soft and shiny and definitely dappled as we were told he would be...such a pretty pony.

I hope that he and Steven grow old together and catch many frogs over the years. After all, what else should a little boy with a goat named GIZMO and a MIKEY-PONY do on summer days?

Thank you again for filling our dream..........................

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Xmas Pony
Xmas Pony

 

Mary got her pony, MERRY MEADOW, on Christmas Eve. She and her mother had plotted and planned for six weeks for this most special arrival. They bought purple buckets and a purple pony wardrobe and put up fences and a stall. But, best of all, not only was Mary getting her very own pony, but soon there would be two ponies to care for because her pony was PREGNANT.

 

And just as planned, a horse trailer arrived on Christmas Eve and out came MERRY MEADOW jingling with the sound of bells on her halter and festooned with Christmas ribbons. Mary could not see her pony as she stepped down from the trailer because she is blind-but she could hear her bells and the patter of her tiny, pony feet.

 

For many hours that night, Mary hugged and brushed her new pony and marveled at the hay-sweet warmth of her pony breath and the fuzzy, round belly that sheltered a new life. It was early morning before Mary turned out the barn lights and headed towards the house.

 

Mary and her mother had planned to breed ponies for other blind children. Their dream was cut short, however, when Mary died unexpectedly that Christmas Day. Mary’s mother wrote to us about the tragic ending to this story…but she also told us how comforting it was for her that Mary experienced the MAGIC of her own SPECIAL pony—if only for a few short hours.

 

Mary’s mother has decided to keep MERRY MEADOW and continue to breed ponies for other blind children in Mary’s memory.

 

At PERSONAL PONIES we work hard to make dreams come true and put a bit of Magic in children’s lives. Wouldn’t you like to help?

 

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Personal Ponies
Personal Ponies

Our pony events/ programs are always well received by the general public but get little support from those in the "equestrian world" - amateurs, or those who consider themselves "professionals", for instance many FB friends like and respond in a positive manner to the photos and stories posted of our events and how these ponies help people and spread a little light in a sometimes dark world, but very few "horsey-friends" ever do.


 A recent conversation with one such person and sought their opinion. It was kind of shocking and disheartening to hear that they weren't really supportive of any type of therapeutic use of equines and in particular ponies. Was told that what PPL does not contribute to the "equine world or economy" in the way showing, breeding, 4H, whatever, does. That they "dont DO anything...in other words it's just feel good fluff, not meaningful to the world of equestrianism.
What the what?!?!?!?! How close-minded & elitist.


 The person was thanked & asked if we could share our viewpoint. Here is what they were told : if our ponies make one person smile & have a happy memory then the world is a better place. Simple as that, but hear the rest out....
That is just as meaningful as the .50 cent ribbon won in a showring. One is not better or more meaningful than the other. As for 'contributing' to the equine world, we assume that to make your training and instruction business lucrative you need a steady supply of clients...so the next time you are "working it" in a showring or standing along the rail coaching a fledgling rider in their first walk trot class on the stable's ancient schoolmaster, please consider this: our ponies are out and about doing meet n greets, standing patiently and kindly allowing tiny hands to explore, pet, brush & dream.


They are creating smiles & in many cases, changing preconceived notions about horses in general. i.e. they are not fire breathing dragons determined to eat little children. Over the last 17 years, many a future huntseat or trail rider, barrel racer or dressage queen has been "bitten with the horse bug" while sitting in their stroller petting our ponies. We know it & the parents know it...we chuckle when we see the dazed & slightly terrified look in their eye as they try in vain to peel their tiny offspring away from one of my charming little ponies. You're Welcome.


It takes a bravehearted horse to enter a showring with crowds and scary umbrellas, strollers and clapping..been there, done that..it takes a fiercely bravehearted little Shetland to climb stairs, ride an elevator, enter a room with strange sights, sounds & medical equipment & yet THIS IS WHAT THEY DO. This is their job & they do it bravely & tenderly.
While you are jumping a course & being applauded, our little guys are standing by a patient's bedside in a nursing home or hospital kindly allowing the patient to ruffle their mane with a hand crippled by arthritis while they reminisce, teary-eyed about their own childhood pony or re-living that last barrel run...There is no applause or ribbon that day, but sweet sweet memories for the patient, the family, the staff, for us. There is intimate heart connection & many times happy or bittersweet tears. There is comfort, caring & love.


As you are barking out orders to your 'barnrats' or patiently doing a leadline class or jumping 3'6, we recognize and applaud your efforts. We will continue to "like" your photos and stories on and off FB in support of you and your equines. Maybe you could think about doing the same for us. Our ponies are humbly changing lives & maybe even creating a new generation of riders for you to raise up and train. So remember this, ALL equines, however large or small, flashy or humble are worthy of our utmost respect & admiration.

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Pony in NC
Pony in NC

Why consider a pair of ponies from PL rather than getting them from a neighbor or the local auction?

Experience and reputation- we have been breeding, training and providing these ponies since 1986.

We lease rather than sell our ponies. We have contracts. This insures we stand behind our ponies and maintain oversight and records over their lifetimes. It also allows the center to return the ponies for any reason. While our intent is to place our ponies in loving, forever homes, we know that sometimes "life happens" and we may be asked to take them back. That is not a problem.

We know our ponies' temperaments and physical health. Our ponies' lineage goes back over a hundred years to the "pit ponies" of Wales, Scotland and within the last 100 years to Pennsylvania and W. VA. Our founder chose them for their gentle but intelligent temperaments and robust health. They have a particular affinity for children.

Visitors to a Personal Pony Farm in NC are having some fun OR are they working? Who is training who? Both ponies and visitors are having a grand time and helping each other.

This is what Personal Ponies is all about. Ponies helping people and people helping ponies.

Pony in training in NC
Pony in training in NC
Pony in North Carolina
Pony in North Carolina
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Baluga Bear with wings
Baluga Bear with wings

Hello,
My name is Baluga Bear. I know, kind of a funny name but a great one. There was a eulogy written about a very special dog with the name Baluga Bear and the name has now come to me because I am a very special pony.
I am a very small pony, about 20 inches tall. I have Disabilities. My front feet face outward instead of being straight. My bones did not grow the right way. BUT I have a huge heart and so much love that I just can’t stand it………
I was born fine. I ran, jumped, played and harassed my mom every day just like all the other kids. My friends would come to visit and sit with me. I loved sitting in their laps. So warm and loving. When I was about 5 months old my front feet starting turning to the side more and the farrier came many times to see what he could do. They even had a Dr. look at them and do what they call x-rays. It turned out that there was nothing that they could do for my feet it was just the way the bones were. It was a few months after that I stopped growing physically. I remember hearing someone say that I should be put to sleep because I was “different”. That really scared me, but my friend said that was NOT an option. And I am so glad for that…..

I know that I am different, once you look at my feet. But it is not my feet that really make me the pony that I really am. I can still think, see, hear and feel just like everyone else. I love food and eat just like everyone else. And in the summer I am out on lovely grass and can run all I want. The winters with the snow are a little harder for me and I like to stay inside out of the snow and ice. But that is ok because my barn is open and I can see what everyone is doing and still talk to them all. I have a really good friend, named Rennie, that lives with me and sometimes he can play rough. But, you know even with bad feet I can still hold my own and he knows when to stay away.


There are a lot of people that come here to see all of us. Sometimes, I feel bad because they seem to want to stay with me. I have heard a couple of them ask to take me home with them and I cringe until I hear “no, he cannot go from here”. That makes me feel a lot better. I love my home, my friends and my life. See, I know that just because I am different physically that my heart and soul are bigger for it. I have come to realize that being different isn’t a bad thing and no one should be penalized for it. It just makes us SPECIAL. It means we just have to try a little harder and love a little more. We have to make others see that we are what we are. We do what we can, when we can and how we can. That does not make it wrong or sad or the need to have us put away somewhere. It just means we try a little harder and love a whole lot more. All we need to know is that we are loved. The others used to pick on me and kind of make fun of me but they don’t do that anymore because they have gotten to know me and see that inside I am just like them. They just don’t know that deep down I am really stronger than they are.
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And that’s what I am here for. That is my purpose in life. To show others that have disabilities that it is OK to be different and we CAN live, laugh and love just like you or anyone else. And boy do I!!!! When kids come here they love on me and I love on them. I do show off a little too but it really is just to prove to them that they can be just like me and they CAN DO IT……………………I have been taught and I believe with all my big heart that it really is all about LOVE. The love that you have inside of you and the love that you can share. And it all starts with just a little smile like I am doing in my picture. Give it a try. And the next time you see a little one like me, that is a little different, smile and say hi. You will be amazed at how big your heart will feel.
If you ever feel like you need a little pick me up just give me a holler. I will be happy to chat with you. I love to talk and whisper sweet nothings in the ears. I am the Pony with Wings and I can do anything……….

Baluga Bear
Baluga Bear
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PERSONAL PONIES LTD

Location: Charlestown, NH - USA
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Project Leader:
Gail M Schumann
Charlestown, NH United States
$10,387 raised of $25,000 goal
 
261 donations
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$10
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Helps pay for feed and hay for a child's pony. Many times paying for pony care can be cost prohibitive and our national office tries to help. Providing money for feed and hay can make a difference.
$25
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Helps cover some of the yearly health costs for maintaining a child's pony. Veterinarian fees can be costly, especially given the costs a family faces for the care of a differently able child.
$50
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Pays part of transport costs for pony travel. Getting our ponies to the children that need them can be very costly. Transport is one of our biggest challenges
$100
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Provides funds for breeding costs for broodmare and foal care. Without volunteer breeders we have no future program. Breeders are in need of financial support at times especially for foaling.
$150
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Will cover the costs for a new family to purchase halters, leadlines, water buckets, grooming equipment, and saddles or driving equipment.
$200
USD
Pay the cost of gelding one of our young colts so that he can begin his life as a child's pony friend. All colts not in our breeding program are gelded at around 6 months of age.
$500
USD
Will help care for one of our retired ponies for one year. Retired ponies have given a life of service often need extra care and support. Retired ponies are treated with great care and appreciation.
$2,000
USD
Will be held in savings for emergency care for a pony whose family needs help. Economic conditions or personal situations require emergency financial support so a child can keep his or her ponies.
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